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Personally, I find there’s nothing worse than being cold. Coming from Queensland, I’m used to the hot weather and it doesn’t worry me much, but the cold hits me like a tonne of bricks! Like many of you, my electricity bill skyrockets during the winter season and there’s a couple of reasons why. Not only are we using heating appliances to keep us warm and comfortable, but the nights are longer so generally we use more lighting during winter.
With the prices of electricity currently soaring in Australia, this winter is the ideal time to make your house more energy efficient. Not only will you save plenty of money, but you’ll also decrease your carbon footprint too. Recent studies indicate that during the colder months, electricity is the third highest expense behind rent and food, so to help you stay warm and save money, here’s how you can make your home more energy efficient this winter.
One of the best ways to save money this winter is to dress for the occasion. Putting on lots of warm clothing and blankets is dramatically cheaper than utilising electric heating. Even if you have central heating, set the temperature to a degree which is ‘just’ comfortable and use clothing and blankets to fill the gap. You’ll acclimatise much quicker than you think!
Electric heaters are without doubt the most significant contributor to your electricity bill during winter. As a substitute, think about using a gas heater or a fireplace which have the benefit of warming rooms faster than electric heaters but use far less electricity.
With longer and darker nights, lighting is used much more frequently in winter without you even knowing it. The lightbulbs you have set up at home make a dramatic difference to your electricity bill, so contemplate changing any halogen lights for LEDs or CFLs which will save you hundreds of dollars during the year.
A practical insulation system in your residence will not only keep you warmer in winter, but cooler in summer also. Depending on your home’s building materials, you may have the opportunity to insulate your floors, roof, and walls. Although home insulation does consist of upfront costs, the savings in electricity over the next 20 years will undoubtedly offset it.
One place where heat escapes quickly from your residence are through your windows. The best technique is to get double glazing on your windows, but this can be quite costly so think about using solid drapes which will preserve most of the heat. When the warmer months gradually arrive, just change your solid drapes for curtains which are better suited.
One of the most affordable ways to reduce your electricity bill is to eradicate any drafts in your household. Any spaces in your windows and doors will make it possible for warm air to escape and cool air to enter. Think about adding caulking to your window surrounds and draft excluders to the bottom of your doorways.
Use some common sense
A bit of common sense goes a long way in making your home more energy efficient too. When cooking, leave your oven open for a few minutes when you’re finished to heat up your kitchen and lounge. Furthermore, don’t drain the hot water in your bath immediately. Shutting doors to cold rooms when you’re not using them and switching off heating products when you leave the house or go to bed are all useful ways to lower your electricity bill.
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